No.6, Zhongshan Road, Beitou District, Taipei City 112, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Plum Garden, a Japanese-style wooden building established in the late 1930s, was once the summer getaway home of the celebrated calligrapher Yu Youren (于右任). Owing to its historical and cultural significance, Plum Garden has been recognized as a historic heritage by Taipei City Government since 2006.
Plum Garden flaunts a surprisingly harmonious fusion of Japanese and Western architectural styles. Located next to Beitou Stream, it is deliberately built into a two-story house to cope with the sloping terrain. Constructed as an air-raid shelter, the ground floor is heavily shielded with steel rods and reinforced concrete, which is an example of the architectural preferences of the early World War II period. The top floor is built exclusively of wood in the Japanese style with many door-sized windows, creating a classical and elegant atmosphere. Upon his death in 1964, Mr. Yu Youren left an impressive opus of artworks that continue to influence. His former residence is now open to the public and becomes a city landmark in Beitou, allowing visitors to peek into the inner life of this renowned master of calligraphy.